Let’s Talk Avocados – An Interview with Chef Pati Jinich + Giveaway

by Melrose on March 24, 2014

Do you love Avocados? You should! They are a healthy source of vitamins and nutrients, plus fresh avocados fit a variety of different meal plans because of their nutritional content. Avocados are nutrient dense and are sodium and cholesterol free. They can be used in recipes to replace dairy and address lactose allergy or vegan lifestyle.

We were fortunate enough to be able to participate in an interview with Chef Pati Jinich, host of Pati’s Mexican Table courtesy of Avocados From Mexico. We asked about the nutritional and health benefits of avocados and a quick, tasty breakfast recipe the kids will love and that you can make fast, for those busy mornings. We learned a lot and hope you do as well! Check out our interview!

You can find the recipe for Cheese Scramble & Avocado Breakfast Burritos that she mentions in our interview on the Avocados From Mexico website. I can’t wait to make these for the grandkids!

They have many other recipes on their site including Avocado, Mango & Berries SmoothieAvocado, Oatmeal & Agave PancakesEnfrijoladasChopped Egg and Avocado Sandwich and more!

The USDA states 44% of Americans eat breakfast every day. This means over half of the American population skips the most important meal of the day!  According to a recent study conducted by Harvard School of Public Health, “Skipping breakfast may lead to one or more risk factors, including obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes, which may in turn lead to a heart attack over time.” So, try these new tips and ideas and jump start your day and boost your metabolism.

Additional questions Pati answered that were not in the video:

1) What do you think the biggest obstacle is for getting people to choose a healthy breakfast over fast food? Time, convenience, taste, or something else?

I think the biggest obstacle to get people to choose to eat healthy is that not everyone is aware of how easy it is to incorporate fresh       fruits and vegetables into your breakfast and other meals.

2) What advice would you give to parents of picky eaters?

My advice to parents of picky eaters is to set an example for your children. When they see you eating something, they’ll likely want to try it as well.

3) What is your favorite way to prepare avocados?

I prepare avocados in so many different ways that it’s hard to pick a favorite! I especially love to incorporate fresh avocados from Mexico into my breakfast meals, because it’s a great way to jump start your day. One of my favorite ways to use avocados is topped in sandwiches or rolled in tortillas, like in the Melted Cheese Scramble & Avocado Breakfast Burrito.

4) How can you save money on food while traveling with kids?

You can save money on food while traveling with kids by preparing ahead of time and bringing food along with you. I always pack some fresh fruits and veggies so I’m always prepared when we are on the go.

5) Can you share your favorite recipe for guacamole?

One of my favorite guacamole recipes is a Mango Guacamole

You can also find more great guacamole recipes and tips on www.avocadosfrommexico.com.

ABOUT PATI JINICH:

Pati Jinich was born and raised in Mexico and comes from a family of accomplished cooks. She is the host of a highly popular PBS series called Pati’s Mexican Table, a culinary program which consists of cooking demonstrations, tasting dinners and workshops, and has appeared on The Chew, The Talk, The Better Show, The Today Show.  Jinich has also been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Eater, and The Daily Meal.

Giveaway

One Two Savvy Sisters reader will win an Avocado Gift Basket thanks to the generosity of Avocados From Mexico.  Entrants must be 18 years of age or older and have a US mailing address. Good luck!

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{ 94 comments… read them below or add one }

lisa kay March 29, 2014 at 8:48 am

Lots of Healthy Fat!

Love Avocados!!

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Allison S. March 29, 2014 at 10:37 am

Avocados have close to 20 vitamins and minerals.

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Stephanie Phelps March 29, 2014 at 11:35 am

High in good fats and vitamins and minerals. I love how creamy they are!

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shelly peterson March 29, 2014 at 1:39 pm

They are high in good fat and have close to 20 vitamins and minerals.

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Vennie M. March 29, 2014 at 1:40 pm

Avocados are a healthy fruit…and very tasty and versatile. They have healthy fats and 20 vitamins and minerals. I do love avacados!

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Barbara Montag March 29, 2014 at 2:42 pm

Avocados are loaded with healthy fats – thank you.

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Barbara Montag March 29, 2014 at 2:44 pm

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Birdiebee March 29, 2014 at 3:41 pm

Avocados have close to 20 vitamins. I love avocados and incorporate them into my weekly diet.

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Jennifer M March 29, 2014 at 5:15 pm

Avocados are full of healthy fats.

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Seth March 29, 2014 at 6:06 pm

Avocado is a healthy fat.

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Janet Boyanton March 29, 2014 at 6:58 pm

They are high in Potassium.

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Becky VanGinkel March 29, 2014 at 7:18 pm

Chef Pati says that avocados are high in the fats that we need for our bodies to function! Good fat!! She also says that avocados filling and creamy and fit with lots of different foods :)

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Cassandra Eastman March 29, 2014 at 7:19 pm

Avacados have close to 20 vitamins in them that are good for you! Which is great because I love avacado :)

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Samantha Daleo March 29, 2014 at 7:34 pm

I learned that they have “fabulous” fats and are very filling.

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Sue Hull March 29, 2014 at 8:24 pm

I learned that Avocados have 20 vitamins & minerals. I love them with a little mayo and on my sandwiches. Thank you :)

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Wendy R. March 29, 2014 at 8:30 pm

I love avocados! The health benefits she talks about are that they are filling and have good fats for metabolism.

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Jesselyn A/Jesstinger March 29, 2014 at 10:53 pm

Avocados are very rich in essential nutrients and while also rich in the GOOD kind of fat – it is cholesterol-free and sodium free (which is not true of many vegetables!)

The video also contain an avocado, egg and cheese recipe/burrito which I can’t wait to try because I happen to KNOW that any combination of eggs, avocados and cheese is DELICIOUS. The video also reminds that breakfast (which 56% of us/ Americans usually skip) is considered the most important meal – which make sense since it is literally the meal that fuels us for the the whole day and gets us off to a roarin’ high energy start.

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Judy Estrin March 30, 2014 at 12:09 am

You get the “good” fat that you need as well as over 20 vitamins and minerals. Love the idea of avocado, scrambled egg, cheese, onion burritos to go.

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Vicki E March 30, 2014 at 12:45 am

Avacados have healthy fats and over 20 vitamins.

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Desiree Dunbar March 30, 2014 at 8:04 am

I liked how she talked about the good fats that are in Avocados.

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Teresa March 30, 2014 at 9:12 am

Avocados have close to 20 vitamins and minerals that are good for you!

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Julie March 30, 2014 at 9:29 am

They are loaded with over 20 vitamins and very heart healthy love me some avocados:)

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kathy dalton March 30, 2014 at 9:52 am

Avacodoes are high in the good fats and also high in potassium

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Sarah Issac March 30, 2014 at 10:28 am

High is good fats and minerals!

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Diana Hatch March 30, 2014 at 10:46 am

They are high in good fat

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Cass sudduth March 30, 2014 at 11:17 am

High in good fat!

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Heather R March 30, 2014 at 12:02 pm

I knew avocados were good for you and also that they were high in fat – I didn’t know it was GOOD fat! nom nom nom nothing better than some good fresh guacamole for me

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janelle March 30, 2014 at 12:19 pm

good fats and good on almost everything!!

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Mina March 30, 2014 at 2:40 pm

20 vitamins and minerals

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Sky Evans March 30, 2014 at 2:52 pm

I learned that avocados nearly have 20 vitamin/ minerals.

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kelly mcgrew March 30, 2014 at 4:11 pm

stay away from saturated fats; stick with healthy fats (like avocados!)

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wen budro March 30, 2014 at 5:10 pm

I learned that avocados are loaded with healthy fats and vitamins….they’re super good for you.

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Misty Woods March 30, 2014 at 5:21 pm

They are high in good fat!

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Michele P March 30, 2014 at 6:08 pm

they are high in the good fats that our body needs.

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Katherine Donovan March 30, 2014 at 6:41 pm

Avocados have close to 20 vitamins and minerals in them.
p.s. I love, love, avocados!!!! mmmmm…….delish!!!

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Jasmine P March 30, 2014 at 6:59 pm

Avocados have close to 20 vitamins and minerals!
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Allison March 30, 2014 at 7:21 pm

avocados are high in potassium

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Georgia Beckman March 30, 2014 at 7:35 pm

They are high in fat. The GOOD fat. The fat our bodies need.

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Karen Propes March 30, 2014 at 8:18 pm

They are high in potassium, I have to take via pill form, just trying to eat enough so so I don’t have to. Thanks for the chance.
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Alison Matalanis March 30, 2014 at 9:10 pm

They are high in good fats.

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sara giresi March 30, 2014 at 9:15 pm

Avacados have close to 20 vitamins! My son would eat them for breakfast lunch and dinner

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Brittany Koelmel March 30, 2014 at 9:48 pm

avacad0s have close to 20 vitamins! wow i had no idea! thats crazy!

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Nichole N March 30, 2014 at 10:04 pm

Avocados contain the fats that your body needs in order to be healthy!
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Angela Cash March 30, 2014 at 10:21 pm

Avocados are high in good fats and potassium. I love them sliced on sandwiches and I recently tried them cut in half and chargrilled, then filled with mango salsa and served with pita chips. Absolutely delicious!

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